Postdoctoral Position in Experimental Nuclear Astrophysics

Michigan State University East Lansing, MI , United States

Published Wed, 05/06/2020 - 2:11 PM Expiration Fri, 09/25/2020 - 12:00 AM or until the posting is filled

The nuclear astrophysics group at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) at Michigan State University (MSU) is seeking to fill the position of a Research Associate (Postdoctoral Researcher) in experimental nuclear astrophysics. The successful applicant will work with Fernando Montes and Hendrik Schatz primarily on developing and using the SECAR recoil separator to directly measure astrophysical reaction rates that are critical to our understanding of stellar explosions and the origin of the elements in the Cosmos.

SECAR is nearing completion at the NSCL, commissioning experiments have begun, and first science experiments are expected for 2020/2021. SECAR is jointly funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), and the National Science Foundation and will initially use NSCL beams, before enabling nuclear astrophysics experiments at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). FRIB is a new national user facility for nuclear science funded by the Department of Energy Office of Science (DOE-SC), MSU, and the State of Michigan. It is currently under construction on the site of NSCL and will be operated by MSU.

The position offers collaborative opportunities with other members of the NSCL nuclear astrophysics group (A. Spyrou, C. Wrede, and R. Zegers), with world leading technical staff at FRIB, as well as astrophysicists at NSCL and the MSU Department of Physics and Astronomy. NSCL at MSU is also one of the core institutions of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics (JINA-CEE) and the IReNA International Research network for Nuclear Astrophysics that offer unmatched opportunities to collaborate with nuclear experimentalists, astrophysicists, and observers across the world.


Required Qualifications

  • PhD. in Nuclear Physics, Nuclear & Radiochemistry, Nuclear Astrophysics, or related fields
  • Ability to work with export-controlled technologies

How to Apply

For immediate consideration, please go search for posting number 649393 and follow the application process.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and person with disabilities.